EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL: Smart Watches vs. Analog Watches

September 13, 2013 | EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL: Smart Watches vs. Analog Watches

Smartwatches work with our beloved Smartphones, they can alert you to new: emails, texts, voicemails and missed calls — without ever having to take your phone out of your pocket. In theory, they allow you to check your alerts easier, for example, while in your car, while walking, in the middle of a meeting and so on. However, realistically, do you really need to see your that you have new emails on your wrist as you walk down the street? Isn’t a vibration in your pocket, or an audible chirp from your phone enough? Moreover, can’t you just pull out your phone and read the entire email?


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EDITORIAL: The Service Dilemma: Vintage Grand Seikos

August 16, 2013 | EDITORIAL, Grand Seiko

EDITORIAL: The Service Dilemma: Vintage Grand Seikos

In this article I will discuss a beautiful circa 1967 vintage Grand Seiko Hi-Beat Ref. 6146-8030TAD wristwatch that I recently sent in to Grand Seiko Japan to be overhauled and serviced. The timepiece needed a cleaning, lubrication, adjustment and new plastic crystal, but apart from that everything appeared to be original and in very good condition. Additionally, when I sent it in, the watch could not hold any power, and as I feared, it was due to a broken mainspring (which winds up and then releases the power to animate the watch). No worries, though, they can just put a new mainspring in when they service the watch and everything will be working again, right? After all, they are the manufacturer of the watch. Wrong.


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EDITORIAL: Will The Real 'Shinola' Please Stand Up

August 6, 2013 | EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL: Will The Real 'Shinola' Please Stand Up

Detroit-based Shinola is a brand that has been getting a lot of press lately. In 2010, they relaunched the brand, which includes a line of bicycles, leather goods, journals and watches. The company, which derives its name from a now defunct shoe polish company for which they bought the rights to, was started by former Fossil Group Inc. founder Tom Kartsotis. In a few short years, they have already setup an atelier (assembly workshop) in Detroit, as well as two stores: one in Detroit and the other in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. They are banking on people wanting to purchase their products based on authenticity and the appeal of being “American Made.”


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EDITORIAL: Silicon, Good or Bad for the Watch Industry?

September 20, 2012 | EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL: Silicon, Good or Bad for the Watch Industry?

Before I give my opinion on whether or not silicon is good or bad for the industry, it is important that I mention “chronometry” — the science of measuring time accurately. In the late 16th century, when Jost B├╝rgi invented the cross-beat escapement — which improved greatly upon its predecessor the verge escapement, and allowed for the creation of clocks that were accurate within one minute per day — it was an important feat at the time.


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EDITORIAL: Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2012 Report

March 1, 2012 | EDITORIAL, SIHH

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2012 Report

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie is the world's most exclusive watch show. Held in Genvea, Switzerland every winter for the past 22 years, it is an "invite only" show that I was fortunate enough to attend this past January. I was able to view virtually every new piece from all 18 exhibiting luxury watch brands: Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Sohne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Jaeger-LeCoultre, JeanRichard, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.


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